Basingstoke Road – Emergency Highway Surfacing

B3349/C7603 Basingstoke Road – Emergency Highway Surfacing

 

Wokingham Borough Council, as Highway Authority, is advising you that we will be carrying out emergency highway surfacing on B3349 Basingstoke Road (Back/Lambs Ln to Swallowfield St) and C7603 Basingstoke Road (Pursers Farm to Lieutenants cottage).

 

C7603 Basingstoke Road (Pursers Farm to Lieutenants cottage) works are scheduled to be carried out on the nights of 27th and 28th January 2020 between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00. B3349 Basingstoke Road (Back/Lambs Ln to Swallowfield St) works are scheduled to be carried out on the nights of 29th/30th and 31st January 2020 between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00. These emergency works are being undertaken by Wokingham Borough Council to keep the network to a maintained and safe condition.  Delivery dates may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. However, you will be updated should this be the case.

 

To allow the works to be carried out safely, a hard road closure will be in place between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00:

 

  1. C7603 Basingstoke Road will be closed between Church Road to Hyde End Road (three mile cross) with restricted vehicular access. However, appropriate diversion route will be in place. The diversion will be Basingstoke Road, A33 Swallowfield Bypass (northbound)  to Junction 11 M4, B3270 Whitley Wood Lane, A327, A327 Hollow Lane, B3349 Hyde End Road or this route in reverse. The road will be re-opened every day.

 

  1. B3349  Basingstoke Road will be closed between Back Lane to Swallowfield Street with restricted vehicular access. However, appropriate diversion route will be in place. The diversion will be B3349 Basingstoke Road (Riseley) to A33, A33 Swallowfield Bypass (northbound), Basingstoke Road or this route in reverse.

 

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience. Should you have any queries or require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

 

 

 

🚫REMINDER: Motorway closure🚫

🚫REMINDER: Motorway closure🚫

The M4 will be closed between junctions 6 and 8/9 from the evening of 17 January to early on 20 January.

RE3 – Make sure to bring proof of residency when visiting re3 Recycling Centres

Make sure to bring proof of residency when visiting re3 Recycling Centres

As of 1st February 2020, residents visiting re3 Recycling Centres will be required to present a document that identifies them as residents of the re3 area: Bracknell Forest, Reading or Wokingham Boroughs. Residents are urged to note that the windscreen stickers will no longer be accepted as proof of residency.

The windscreen permits are already being used by fewer visitors and, to save the cost of reprinting and distributing new permits, the councils are asking residents to use commonly held documents to demonstrate they are from the re3 area – Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs.

The re3 windscreen stickers (re3 resident’s permits) were introduced in 2016 to enable Meet and Greet staff to positively identify resident of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs. They were issued to over 180,000 households but any residents who moved to the area at a later stage or lost their permit have been asked to bring an alternative proof of residency instead.

Full list of acceptable forms of ID as of 1st February 2020: 

  • Driving licence
  • Current council tax bill
  • Utility bill, bank or credit card statement (issued no more than four months prior to the date of visit)
  • Bracknell Forest resident e+ card
  • Photocard bus pass issued by a re3 council
  • Valid blue badge or residents’ parking permit issued by a re3 council

In a Joint Statement

Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE, Bracknell Forest Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Chairman of the Joint Waste Disposal Board, Cllr Sophia James, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods & Communities and Cllr Parry Batth, Wokingham Borough Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Leisure, commented:

“The residency checks are crucial to ensure that Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough residents are not paying for the disposal of waste from visitors outside the re3 area, via their council tax. We’re thankful to all residents who use our fantastic facilities regularly and we estimate that majority of them are already using commonly held documents to demonstrate their address, rather than windscreen stickers. This type of residency checks proved to be very efficient and is much more cost-effective as there is no need to re-issue stickers on a regular basis. Unfortunately, we’ve also noted cases of fake permits being presented by visitors, which made them less and less reliable.”

Recycling Centres at Longshot Lane, Bracknell and Smallmead, Island Road are being visited by almost 800,000 visitors each year. re3 residents are welcome to use both of the Recycling Centres to recycle and dispose of a wide range of items including garden waste, glass, wood or electricals items. More information what you can dispose of can be found on the site facilities page.

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Notes for Editors 

See the Waste Acceptance Policy to check information on types of waste that you may bring to one of the re3 Recycling Centres and also on the types of vehicle you might use to deliver waste.


About re3 (www.re3.org.uk)

re3 is a waste management partnership between Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils and FCC Environment. The partnership’s aims are to develop solutions for the management of waste in Central Berkshire and to encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle more of their waste.

For more information please check website www.re3.org.uk follow re3 on social media @re3recycling or contact Communications Officer on 0118973460 or by emailing monika.bulmer@reading.gov.uk

Monika Bulmer 

re3, Marketing and Communications Officer

T: 01189373460

M: 07980742445

W: www.re3.org.uk

A: Smallmead Household Waste Management Park, Island Road, Reading, RG20RP

re3 is a waste management partnership between Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils

c/o Administering Authority: Reading Borough Council, 1st Floor, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU

 

Notification of upcoming works at Swallowfield Road & A327 Reading Road

 

Subject: Notification of upcoming works at Swallowfield Road & A327 Reading Road

 

Project Update –  10th January 2020

 

 Arborfield Cross Relief Road

 

Notification of upcoming works

 

13th – 15th January – Swallowfield Road including Greensward Lane Junction

Multi-way traffic lights will be in place around this junction, as shown below, for three days (13th – 15th January) between 8:00am and 6:00pm. This is to allow us to install a new drainage pipe which is close to the existing road.

 

 

3rd – 7th February 2020 – A327 Reading Road (Daytime, off-peak)

Multi-way traffic lights will be in place along the A327 Reading Road, 50m east of the junction with Bridge Farm Estate to 200m west of the junction from between 3rd till 7th February 2020 during off-peak hours (9:30am – 3:30pm).  This is to allow us to carry out excavation works and installation of a new road foundation against the existing road.

 

Further works at the two new roundabouts at both ends of the road are planned for Spring/Summer this year and the next key milestone scheduled will be the installation of the green bridge, planned for early this year.

 

Once complete, the new relief road will reduce congestion, boost employment and create opportunities for more sustainable travel, providing traffic relief in both Arborfield and Arborfield Cross, as well as the surrounding areas. It will also support the development of Arborfield Strategic Development site consisting of 3,500 new homes.

 

We would like to thank you for your patience during while these vital works are being carried out.  To find out more about the scheme and all our projects please Click here

 

A computer fly-through showing a visualisation of the new road once complete is now available by clicking here

 

For further information about upcoming roadworks linked to Arborfield Cross Relief Road (ACRR) that may affect your journey please visit Wokingham Borough Council’s dedicated traffic and travel Facebook and Twitter pages as well as one.network and www.myjourneywokingham.com to help plan your journey.

 

Also, if you know of anyone who might be interested in receiving our e-project updates, please encourage them to sign up. They can do so by sending us an email at arborfieldcross@balfourbeatty.com or by calling the Balfour Beatty helpline on 0800 121 4444.

Please note: Dates listed above for upcoming traffic management can be affected by weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Should there be any changes we shall notify you at our earliest convenience.

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION & QUALITY OF LIFE AT THE HEART OF THE DRAFT LOCAL PLAN

ENVIRONMENTal PROTECTION AND QUALITY OF LIFE AT THE HEART OF THE DRAFT LOCAL PLAN

 

“The fear of mass housing development has been hanging over the majority of our communities like a Sword of Damocles for too long; at last, we may have a way to remove it for them,” said John Halsall, leader of Wokingham Borough Council, of the draft Local Plan Update to be unveiled on 15 January.

 

“If it is approved and supported by government funding, we would be able to produce a Local Plan that meets a need for good homes in the borough, including genuinely affordable ones, while safeguarding our quality of life, protecting our green belt and relieving many of our villages from the fear of inappropriate development,” he said.

 

The council’s draft Local Plan Update, which is set to be discussed at the extraordinary executive on the 15th and if approved public consultation on it launched in February, would put protection of countryside and the environment at the heart of its strategic vision for the future. This new strategic direction follows the council’s declaration of a climate emergency and the overwhelming public opposition to the government imposed housing target – which could have been more than 900 homes per year.

 

The draft Local Plan would include:

  • A lower housing target for the borough than would have been enforced by the government’s standard methodology
  • No house building on the green belt
  • A new Garden Town at Grazeley designed and built to cutting-edge environmental standards with sustainable transport links into Reading and massive upfront investment in facilities such as schools and community, sporting and health facilities
  • An enhanced commitment to resist random development outside of the few areas allocated for new communities
  • Protection of local green space
  • Provision of genuinely affordable housing

 

Local Plans set out the land to be protected from development across the borough and, under Wokingham’s, these ‘no-go’ areas for development would include all land designated as green belt as well as the overwhelming majority of the 300-plus sites developers have been eyeing-up across the borough.

 

“This could be a new dawn for Wokingham Borough with a commitment to a fully-fledged Garden Town where people will be able to live the sort of environmentally-aware, sustainable lifestyles that are becoming the 21st Century ideal,” said Cllr Wayne Smith, executive member for planning and enforcement.

 

“This is an ambitious vision. If approved and funded as we are proposing, Grazeley Garden Town would have the sort of upfront investment in infrastructure that is normally only dreamed of in the UK – we are talking about getting things like the transport systems, schools, health hubs and community and sporting facilities built ahead of the housing.

 

“We are also proposing homes that are designed to protect the environment, provided within communities designed for sustainable lifestyles. People living in a future Grazeley Garden Town would have the jobs and ‘big city’ buzz of Reading to the north and the natural beauty of West Berkshire and our borough to the west and east – a set-up that matches the original vision of garden towns perfectly.”

 

With Grazeley able to provide a large number of the additional housing that is needed across the borough in the years up to 2036, and potentially to the mid-2050s, the borough council would be better able to resist potential housing sites elsewhere that have been put forward by developers. There would still need to be some smaller scale growth in towns and villages where agreed locally, but most of the 300-plus potential sites put forward as part of the Local Plan process would be rejected.

 

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Further information:

  1. More from Cllr Wayne Smith, executive member for planning and enforcement, on (0118) 940 1190 or email: smith@wokingham.gov.uk
  2. More from Cllr John Halsall, leader of the council, on (07939) 041227 or email: halsall@wokingham.gov.uk

19th Nov 2019 Urgent Works at Reading Road, Arborfield

Urgent Works at Reading Road, Arborfield

Please be aware that due to a gas leak, in the carriageway, in Reading Road, near Milkingbarn Lane, Arborfield. SGN are undertaking urgent works to do the necessary repairs. To do this in safety, 2 way Temporary Traffic lights will be in operation. These Urgent works are expected to be completed by the 25/11/2019. I have requested lights to be manually controlled at peak times i.e. 07.00 to 09.30 & 15.30 to 19.00.

We apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause.

Best regards,

Karuna Kachhwaha
Streetworks Coordinator
Delivery & Infrastructure
PO Box 143
Shute End
Wokingham
Berkshire
Tel: 0118 974 6995
E-mail – karuna.kachhwaha@wokingham.gov.uk
Webstie: www.wokingham.gov.uk
Please don’t print this e-mail unless you really need to – think of the environment

To report anything such as potholes, broken signs, vegetation, faded lines etc. this can be done online at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/roads. If you are reporting something dangerous or of an urgent nature, please call us on 0118 974 6000 and select the Highways option.

Temp Road Closure Aborfield Road 18.11.19-31.01.20

click here for a diversion map

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
LOCATION: Arborfield Road, Shinfield
DESCRIPTION: Roundabout upgrade
CLOSURE DATES: 18/11/19-31/01/20
Please be aware that Wokingham Borough Council as Traffic Authority proposes to make an Order under Section 14 (1) (a) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which is prohibit any vehicle from proceeding along:

Arborfield Road, Shinfield between its junctions with Hollow Lane and Eastern Relief Road.

The alternative route for all vehicles affected by this restriction shall be via Hollow Lane, Shinfield Road and Eastern Relief Road or by this route in reverse.

Works requiring this restriction will take place between 18th November 2019 and 31st January 2020.

The reason for these prohibitions is to allow Buxted Construction Ltd to undertake roundabout upgrade work in safety.

The restriction imposed by the Order shall only apply during those periods when traffic signs complying with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 are lawfully displayed.

The dates of these restrictions may be subject to change.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these restrictions may cause.

Regards,

Street Works Team
Highways and Transport Team
Wokingham Borough Council
Tel: 0118 974 6000

Sign up for text and email alerts for emergency and planned highway works at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/community-and-…/…/borough-alert/

 

Good News! Update re: Closure of Aborfield Road 18th Nov – 31st Jan 2020

Reading Buses have agreed to turn the 3 and 3b around at Church Lane at the stop north of the junction.

They’ve advised passengers will need to stand at the stop in the direction of travel for the existing route. – Passengers can also use the bus stops south of the Magpie and Parrot if more convenient.

Reading buses will be signing the changes. Pls contact reading buses if you require further clarification.

Are you registered to Vote – have your say

ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?
This week, Wokingham Borough Council’s Acting Returning Officer Andrew Moulton is asking residents – are you registered to vote? Because if anyone hasn’t registered by midnight on Tuesday 26 November then they won’t be able to have their say at the general election on Thursday 12 December.

Andrew Moulton said: “The application process is quick and easy via: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. The last day to apply to register in time for the general election on 12 December is midnight on Tuesday 26 November. Due to it being a snap election, it’s predicted there will a high volume of last minute online applications. In the majority of cases they will go through very quickly with no problem, but it is best to get in early just in case.”

As well as making sure they are registered to vote, electors are being asked to think about how they will vote. Not which party or candidate they will vote for, but whether they wish to vote by going to their local polling station or by some other method such as by post or proxy.

The last date to apply for a postal vote or to change an existing proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 26 November. The deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December.

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Further information:
1. Register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
2. More from Andrew Moulton, on 0118 9746505 or Andrew.moulton@wokingham.gov.uk

Aborfield Relief Road Project Update

Arborfield Cross Relief Road

Project Update – 7th November 2019
Arborfield Cross Relief Road

WHAT’S NEW:

Upcoming traffic management at A327 Reading Road

Two-way traffic lights will be in operation from Monday (11th November), to Friday (15th November) on A327 Reading Road, off-peak hours (9.30am – 3.30pm), from 50m – 200m west of the junction into Bridge Farm Industrial Estate. This is to allow us to complete the Virgin Media and BT diversion works.

Upcoming overnight traffic management at A327 Eversley Road

Multi-way lights will be in operation from Monday (11th November), to Thursday (14th November) on A327 Eversley Road from between 8pm until 5am, 200m north of Langley Common Roundabout to 300m south of Langley Common Roundabout. This is to allow us to carry out the clearing of roots for Wokingham Borough Council.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your continued cooperation.

The new 2.3km relief road once complete will reduce congestion, boost employment and create opportunities for more sustainable travel, providing traffic relief in Arborfield and Arborfield Cross and the surrounding rural lanes.

The new road, which will link the A327 Reading Road to the A327 Eversley Road, will also support the development of Arborfield Strategic Development site, consisting of 3,500 new homes.

The overall construction programme is between Summer 2019 and Summer 2020. A phased construction programme has been prepared which provides details on each stage of work and key dates are available here: https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/roadworks-and-outdoor-maintenance/major-new-roads/arborfield-relief-road/

To find out more about all our projects go to: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/roadworks-and-outdoor-maintenance/major-new-roads/

**PLEASE NOTE** Timetable of Remembrance Day proceedings printed incorrectly in the Wokingham Paper

**PLEASE NOTE** Timetable of Remembrance Day proceedings printed incorrectly in the Wokingham Paper – please note the following;

 

Remembrance Parade, Sunday 10th November 2019: War Memorial School Green

  • 9.00 onwards: Wreath layers to collect wreaths from Shinfield Parish Hall (Donation requested)
  • 10:30:        Assemble procession behind health clinic
  • 10.45:        Wreath layers and dignitaries to process to War Memorial for Service
  • 10.50:        Service at War Memorial
  • 11:00         Two-minute Silence
  • 11:45         Service ends Please assemble between 10.30 am and 10.45 am in the car park at Shinfield Health Centre for the procession to the combined service and Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial for the men and women of the parish who gave their lives in the service of their Country, with the two-minute silence observed at 11 am. Wreaths in Remembrance will be laid on behalf of local organisations, followed by individuals laying their own personal tributes. Refreshments will be served in Shinfield Infants Hall afterwards.

**Closure of Church Lane, Three Mile Cross 28/10/2019-31/10/2019**

**Notification from WBC** ADVANCE WARNING

Closure of Church Lane, Three Mile Cross 28/10/2019-31/10/2019

Please be aware that Wokingham Borough Council as Traffic Authority proposes to make an Order under Section 14 (1) (a) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which is prohibit any vehicle from proceeding along:

Church Lane between its junctions with Basingstoke Road and Hyde End Lane.

The alternative route for all vehicles affected by this restriction shall be via Basingstoke Road, B3349 Hyde End Road, Hollow Lane, Brookers Hill and Church Lane or by this route in reverse.

Works requiring this restriction will take place between 28th October and 31st October 2019

The reason for these prohibitions is to allow Thames Water contractors to undertake Water Connection work in safety.

The restriction imposed by the Order shall only apply during those periods when traffic signs complying with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 are lawfully displayed.

The dates of these restrictions may be subject to change.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these restrictions may cause.

Regards,

Street Works Team
Highways and Transport Team
Wokingham Borough Council
Tel: 0118 974 6000

Closure of Byway 35 Grazeley

Dear All,

I am writing to advise that Shinfield Restricted Byway 35 has been temporarily closed due to a damaged bridge at the Borough Boundary. The closure will be in place until repairs have been made or the bridge is replaced. The Alternative route will be via Bloomfield Hatch Lane, Pump Lane, Shepherdton Lane and vice versa. Please see attached Order.

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks and Best Regards

Andrew Fletcher
Public Rights of Way Manager

click here for more information and map

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER Coneley’s Fun Fair is back on School Green w/c 14th October

Coneley’s Fun Fair is back on School Green w/c 14th October!! They will set up & pack up after school drop-off has taken place to minimise disruption for parents.

Monday 14th October – funfair arrives after school drop off
Tuesday and Wednesday – dormant days
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – fair operational
Monday 21st October – fair leaves after school drop off

Regards SPC

Wokingham Major Developments Forum on 14.10.19 at 7-9pm

Wokingham Major Developments Forum
Next forum – Monday 14 October 2019, Shinfield Infant and Nursery School, School Green 7-9pm
Join us at the next forum at Shinfield Infant and Nursery School, School Green, Shinfield, RG2 9EH. The first hour will be a question and answer session followed by an opportunity to meet and speak with council officers and guests about the Shinfield Parish major development, including topics such as planning, major new roads, nature parks and open space, community facilities and more.

For more information pls visit https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/major-developments/shinfield-parish/

SPC Development Forum SIS 14.10.19_ presentation slides

NOTIFICATION OF TEMP ROAD CLOSURE 10TH-12TH SEPT 19

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

LOCATION: Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood

DESCRIPTION: Overhead Cable Maintenance

CLOSURE DATES: 10/9/19-12/9/19 (20:00-05:00)

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please be aware that Wokingham Borough Council as Traffic Authority proposes to make an Order under Section 14 (1) (a) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which is prohibit any vehicle from proceeding along:

Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood between its junctions with Grazeley Road and Sevenoaks Drive.

The alternative route for all vehicles affected by this restriction shall be via Basingstoke Road, A33 Basingstoke Road, B3270 Whitley Wood Road, A327 Shinfield Road, Hollow Lane and B3349 Hyde End Road or by this route in reverse.

Works requiring this restriction will take place between 10th September and 12th September 2019 between the hours of 20:00 – 05:00.

The reason for these prohibitions is to allow SSE contractors to undertake overhead cabling work in safety.

The restriction imposed by the Order shall only apply during those periods when traffic signs complying with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 are lawfully displayed.

The dates of these restrictions may be subject to change.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these restrictions may cause.

Regards,

Street Works Team

Highways and Transport Team

Wokingham Borough Council

Tel: 0118 974 6000

Notice of Temp Road Closure – Church Lane, Three Mile Cross, 21st and 23rd August 2019

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please be aware that Wokingham Borough Council as Traffic Authority proposes to make an Order under Section 14 (1) (a) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which is prohibit any vehicle from proceeding along:

Church Lane between its junctions with Basingstoke Road and Hyde End Lane.

The alternative route for all vehicles affected by this restriction shall be via Basingstoke Road, B3349 Hyde End Road, Hollow Lane, Brookers Hill and Church Lane or by this route in reverse.

Works requiring this restriction will take place between 21st August and 23rd August 2019.

The reason for these prohibitions is to allow Thames Water contractors to undertake Water Connection work in safety.

The restriction imposed by the Order shall only apply during those periods when traffic signs complying with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 are lawfully displayed.

The dates of these restrictions may be subject to change.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these restrictions may cause.

Regards,

Street Works Team

Highways and Transport Team

Wokingham Borough Council

Tel: 0118 974 6000